Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy|
|Established||1998–99 NHL season|
|Current holder(s)||Alexander Ovechkin|
|Awarded to the||National Hockey League's top goal scorer|
The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, also known as the Maurice Richard Trophy, is awarded annually to the leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League (NHL). It was donated to the NHL by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1998–99 and is named in honour of the legendary Montreal Canadiens right winger Maurice "Rocket" Richard and was first won by Teemu Selanne. The current holder is Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who scored 51 goals during the 2013–14 season.
The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens to the NHL in 1999, and was first awarded at the end of the 1998–99 season. It is one of the newest of the NHL's trophies and is named in honour of the legendary right winger Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who spent his eighteen-season career with the Canadiens. He led the NHL in goal scoring five times and was the first NHL player to reach the 500 goal milestone. In 1944–45, Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, doing so in just 50 games, the latter feat only achieved by a handful of players since then. However, the scoring title eluded Richard, and the closest that he got to it was in 1954–55.
Although the Art Ross Trophy given to the NHL's leading points scorer often wins the Hart Memorial Trophy as league most valuable player, only Alexander Ovechkin and Corey Perry have won both the Richard and the Hart in the same season; Ovechkin has done so three times, in 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2012–13. Eleven players have won the Hart in the same season in which they led the league in goals before the Richard Trophy was first awarded.
Unlike the Art Ross Trophy, there are no tiebreakers for the Richard Trophy. As a result, it is possible for several players to share the award, such as when the 2003–04 season featured a three-way tie between Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash. The second time there was a tie for this award was in the 2009–10 season when both Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos scored 51 goals to win this award. Rick Nash is the youngest player to have won the trophy, being 19 years old upon receipt. Alexander Ovechkin is the only player to have won the trophy at least three times.
- (#) Wins including leading goal scorers prior to the inception of the trophy
- * Season shortened by the 2012–13 NHL lockout
- Maurice Richard Trophy at NHL.com
- Maurice Richard Trophy at Legends of Hockey.net
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